Technological anxiety explored in photo exhibition at Penn College in Williamsport from Oct. 21 to Nov. 23


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Large photographs in a rich color palette reminiscent of classic 17th-century Dutch still lifes offer an exploration of modern obsessions with technological gadgets in “Tech Vanitas,” on display in The Penn College Gallery in Williamsport from Thursday October 21 to Tuesday November 23.

The solo exhibition of Jeanette May’s beautifully crafted images includes a reception starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery on the third floor of the Madigan Library to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Beyond getting viewers to think about the past and question what the future holds, Jeanette May’s large-scale photographs elevate the status of previously banal objects with their color and sharpness”, said gallery director Penny Griffin Lutz.

“Tech Vanitas” addresses the contemporary tension between the desire for technology and the anxiety surrounding technological obsolescence. In an age filled with devices that make home life faster, easier and more complicated, consumers choose from an astonishing array of technological products, and the more consumers aspire to stay up to date, the more things are produced, consumed and consumed. thrown away. What was once high technology is quickly becoming obsolete, embarrassing, collectible or forgotten.

May’s carefully disheveled compositions of elegant objects hint at historical paintings, product photographs and advertising imagery. The artist aims to honor the beautiful design while stacking the products in assemblies meant to arouse the viewer’s anxiety. Juxtaposing old and new gadgets, his works suggest the passing of time and inspire nostalgia.

May teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York and lives in Brooklyn. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has received numerous grants and scholarships, including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and the Fondation Mme. Her work has been exhibited internationally, notably in China, Greece and Spain.

The works of “Tech Vanitas” were on display in the Bryant Park subway station in New York from January 2020 to May 2021. May’s series of images recently won top honors in the category of still lifes and professional abstractions at the 14th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards.

“Tech Vanitas” is the second gallery exhibit of the 2021-22 season at Penn College. Serving as an educational resource for Penn College students and as a cultural asset for the community, the gallery is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through contemporary art exhibitions.

The Penn College Gallery (1 College Ave., Room 303, Williamsport) is open 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; it is closed on saturday. Prior to visiting, guests should check the college’s business continuity page for current guidelines related to the pandemic.

Entrance to the gallery is free and open to the public.

The Penn College Gallery, an educational resource for students of Penn College and a cultural asset to the college and the community, is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of art through exhibitions of contemporary art. The gallery’s efforts were supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Penn College, a subsidiary of Penn State, offers over 100 practical bachelor’s, associate’s, and certificate degrees in applied technology.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology became an affiliate of Pennsylvania State University in 1989 after establishing a nationwide reputation for education supporting workforce development, first as a technical institute , then as a community college.

Today, Penn College is a special mission branch of Penn State, engaged in the teaching of applied technology.

Conveniently located in Williamsport, Penn College attracts the second highest number of enrollments in the Penn State system; approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs related to over 100 different career areas.

Additionally, Penn College operates the largest worker training program in the state through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education Unit.

Penn College’s modern campus provides students with hands-on instruction and access to the latest amenities, leading to excellent graduate placement and ‘degrees that work’.


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